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Who to pick for the Sorare Global Cup next stage?

Updated: Dec 3, 2022

What an exciting World Cup it has been so far. A typical World Cup can feel like a marathon, but this one feels like a sprint. Great football by the underdogs and favorites underperforming. A political drama about nothing and everything. Heartbreaking injuries and mesmerizing goals. With the group stages (almost) over, it's time to have a look at your Sorare roster for the Global Cup and pick a few new players for the team.


The rules are simple. You have the opportunity to add four new players with a budget of 50 points, and you can do this on three different occasions:

Before the Round of 16: Nov 29 - Dec 3

Before the Quarterfinals: Dec 3 - Dec 9

Before the Semifinals: Dec 9 - Dec 13

And you get to keep every player as a common card to play in the common league after the World Cup is done, something to keep in mind.


Another thing to keep in mind is that the 'left' bracket of the tournament 'feels' easier to get farther in the competition.




The Netherlands - USA (Saturday 3/12)

Without convincing the nation, the Dutch team qualified for the eighth-finals of the World Cup and criticisms of the Dutch media ensued. We'll need to wait till The Netherlands meet a strong team to get a real feel of their worth in this tournament and the USA might be the challenge. The ambitious young team USA has been performing with enthusiasm and good football and is not done yet. This group is resilient and puts enormous energy into every match and in the process, they play pretty good football or 'soccer'.

Our picks and their score on average in the last three games:

GK

Andries Noppert

66 points

GK

Matt Turner

65 points

MID

Frenkie De Jong

78 points

MID

Davy Klaassen

67 points

FW

Cody Gakpo

73 points

FW

Christian Pulisic

​66 points


England - Senegal (Sunday 4/12)

Even without their most important player, Sadio Mané, the Champion of Africa has advanced to the knock-out stage in the tournament. They'll have a hard time competing with England. England has been a team with two faces in this World Cup so far. Which team will face Senegal? The outstanding 'bulldozer' we saw against Wales and Iran or the mediocre team we saw against the USA? Needless to say, they have a World class team and a World class bench, and a high probability to advance to the quarterfinal.

Our picks and their score on average in the last three games:

DEF

Kalidou Koulibaly

61 points

DEF

Harry Maguire

68 points

MID

Jude Bellingham

66 points

​FW

Harry Kane

63 points

Argentina - Australia (Saturday 3/12)

Surprise motherfucker! The Socceroos reached the last 16 of the World Cup for only the second time in their history. No one would have given a cent for Australia's chances to get out of the group stage. And even less after the masterclass France gave them in the first game. Aussie Aussie Aussie, Oi Oi Oi!

Rest easy, football fans. Messi will grace the World Cup stage at least one more time and if we look already a bit further in the tournament, we see a possible 1/2 final position appearing. Still on course for the cup.

​GK

Matthew Ryan

55 points

GK

Emiliano Martinez

51 points

DEF

Harry Souttar

62 points

DEF

Nicolas Otamendi

67 points

MID

Enzo Fernandez

64 points

MID

Alexis Mac Allister

74 points in two games

FW

Lionel Messi

76 points


France - Poland (Sunday 4/12)

The defending World Champion France had been impressive in the first two games in the group stage. So impressive that they could field a reserve team in their last match and still win the group. The scores are a bit polluted by the rotation.

Poland barely made it to the next stage over Mexico. We can overanalyze why Poland qualified, but the stats don't lie. Szczesny outdid himself in the first games scoring a whopping 76 points on average.

GK

​Wojciech Szczęsny

76 points

DEF

Theo Hernandez

​100 in two games

DEF

Dayot Upalecano

82 in two games

MID

​Aurélien Tchouaméni

62 points

MID

Adrien Rabiot

76 in two games

FW

Antoine Griezman

87 in two games

​FW

Kylian Mbappé

​81 in two games


Japan - Croatia (Monday 5/12)

The runner-up from last year has made it out of the group phase. Croatia already has a lot of World Cup experience. Despite its short existence (since 1992), the team managed to qualify for (almost) all World Cups. Impressive. After a real remontada against Spain, Japan won the so-called group of death. Advancing to the 1/8th finals of two World Cups in a row, Japan had never managed that before. For those who did not pay attention. Japan won against Germany and Spain.

GK

Dominik Livaković

62 points

DEF

Joško Gvardiol

65 points

MID

Luka Modric

60 points

MID

Mateo Kovačić

​74 in two games


Morocco - Spain (Tuesday 6/12)

Spain crawls through the eye of a needle being virtually eliminated for a while but still qualifies for the eighth finals. Together with Croatia, Spain's midfield has been impressive and loads of years younger, although sometimes a bit nonchalant. Marocco seems to have their shit in order with the new coach. They have the home advantage as Marocco has a lot of natives living in the region. A good mix between old and young, experience and enthusiasm, and that enthusiasm spans to major cities in Europe.

​DEF

Hakimi

83 points

DEF

Rodri

64 points

DEF

​Aymeric Laporte

62 in two games

DEF

Jordi Alba

75 points

MID

Hakim Ziyech

61 points

FW

Álvaro Morata

69 points


Portugal - Swiss (Tuesday 6/12)

For Portugal whose World Cup narrative has so far been crafted by the controversy and brilliance of Cristiano Ronaldo, they were thru the first phase with two quick wins and the possibility to rotate in their last game. After a game with a lot of tension and emotions running high. Switzerland has qualified for the next round and draw the strong team Portugal but manageable.

DEF

Raphaël Guerreiro

61 in two games

​FOR

Bruno Fernandes

71 in two games


Brasil - South-Korea Emotions all over the place. It's the World Cup that just keeps on giving. South Korea managed to get thru the group phase with a late goal against Portugal. This has suddenly turned into a brilliant World Cup for the Asian representatives. Japan, South Korea, and Australia all through.

With the political animosities that Brasil faces the last few months, a World Cup might be the only thing that can bring the country together. Brazil’s fast start, with two straight victories in the group stage, has been a promising sign.

DEF

Kim Jin-Su

61 points



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